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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concept but requires real dedication to get through
The book has two main facets in my opinion - first of all, the concept, which is nothing short of spectacular; and then the execution, which tries to make as much use of the author's extensive research into the topic as possible, making the book something for the relatively dedicated.

The main premise - namely the occupation of Fukuoka by a 'rebel' North Korean...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
This is worth reading for fans of Murakami. Very promising sounding storyline - N.Korean soldiers occupy a southern Japanese city and look set to take over the whole of the south island, Kyushu, while a band of damaged, dangerous and deranged adolescents watch from their hideout, initially in excitement, but then in anger and plan to take action after the government...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A geo-political thriller from Murakami, 14 Jun 2013
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Having read a few of Murakami's books,I was interesting to see how his laconic style would work when tackling the widesweeping issues related to the credit crunch that set the scene for this ambitious novel. Broad in scope, he puts a cast of Tolstoyesque proportions to work in painting an alternative vision of the near future.
An entertaining read,Murakami's attention is best spent on the alienated freaks that comprise the nearest thing to a moral force. The pace slows three-quarters on the way in as the narrative gets slightly hung up on detail that is presumably felt is necessary for the book to be considered magisterial, but the denouement is truly gripping
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing, 7 Oct 2013
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Ok, all the different names can be confusing but there's a cheat sheet at the front and really that's not a good enough reason not to read this stunning experience of a book. My only query - would the Japanese government really have been so spineless?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much detail, 28 Jun 2013
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Suzanne Cornyn "cornynthecob" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Haven't finished this yet but am struggling badly with it. Too many lists of people, government officials,types of guns, bullets etc that the story disappears. Dare to say - it is a little boring
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